Mexico Amends the Federal Labor Law

By Alejandro González, Joel González Lopez and William “Hunt” Buckley 

On Jan. 11, a decree was published in Mexico's Official Gazette of the Federation that amended Mexico's Federal Labor Law on the subject of remote work by adding a chapter that took effect Jan. 12.

The decree regulates the practice of remote work, which it refers to as telework, and defines it as the performance of paid activities at locations different than the establishment(s) of the employer, not requiring the physical presence of the worker at such establishment(s). Under this form of work, the contact between the worker and the employer takes place through information and communication technologies—i.e., through services, infrastructure, networks, software, information applications and equipment. The form of telework is to be part of collective bargaining agreements and, if there no such agreement, the internal labor regulation.

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